7 Yummy Vegan Milkshake Recipes Kids Will Love!

by 07/23/14   filed under: cooking, food, green kids

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Unique Brooklyn Loft Bed & Breakfast Features Cabin and Treehouse Style Bedrooms

by 07/23/14   filed under: green design

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Artist Telmo Pieper Transforms His Childhood Drawings into Surrealist Works of Art

by 07/23/14   filed under: art

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"Breastmilk" the Movie, from the Executive Producers of "The Business of Being Born" is Available on iTunes & DVD August 5th

by 07/22/14   filed under: announcements, breastfeeding

From the moment they share that they’re pregnant, most women are inundated with, “Breast is best” speeches about breastfeeding. Yet, while there’s plenty of research backing up breast milk as perfect baby nutrition with health benefits for mom and baby, few mothers manage to exclusively breastfeed for the recommended first six months, and even fewer breastfeed for a year or more. Why is this the case, and what might it take to improve these statistics? These are just a couple of the questions asked by first-time filmmaker Dana Ben-Ari in her documentary, Breastmilk. Executive produced by Ricki Lake and Filmmaker Abby Epstein (of The Business of Being Born and More Business of Being Born fame) the film takes a deeper look at the questions, controversy, rage, stress and passion the mere act of breastfeeding ignites. Throughout the film, Ben-Ari follows a diverse group of expectant parents in NYC from pregnancy through the first year of parenthood to see how breastfeeding impacts their life, while an additional cast of health experts weighs in as well. Considering issues such as public breastfeeding bans, peer criticism, minimal support for mothers and more, this is a film all families and women and baby advocates and caregivers should see. You can pre-order a DVD now and/or download the film at the Breastmilk website August 5th.

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Department Store Roof is Transformed into a Secret Garden & Magical Kids Play Area in South Korea

by 07/22/14   filed under: architecture, eco play, treehouses

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10 Hearty Vegan Camping Recipes for Your Adventures in the Wild

by 07/22/14   filed under: food, recipes

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Forest Kindergartens: Where Mother Nature is the Teacher in an Outdoor Classroom

by 07/21/14   filed under: education, green kids

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Wouldn’t it be amazing if your youngster could spend his formative years outside exploring and learning about nature vs. being stuck inside without fresh air, exercise or a working knowledge of the environment? Depending on where you live, a nature-based school program could actually be close at hand. Forest kindergartens, also known by a slew of other terms such as nature-school, outdoor school and so forth, are schools that aim to nurture children in a healthy, often mobile environment in which little ones can experience nature firsthand for most, if not all of the day. Forest schools teach through experience. Kids are encouraged to dig in the dirt, climb trees, run wild and learn to enjoy all that nature has to offer. This is a vital learning experience for children and one that many kids are sadly missing out on. Martin Clarke, a teacher at a German forest kindergarten tells The Telegraph that kids receive more than a simple understanding of nature from these programs, but better health and coordination as well, stating, “We get four year-olds who have barely been outside and when they arrive they can hardly walk across a field, because it’s not flat, or climb a tree.’ How depressing — but hopeful as well, because once kids are enrolled in an outdoor school program, they can develop these skills quickly.

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Is Lack of Recess Breaks Causing the Alarming Rise in ADHD Diagnoses Among Children?

by 07/21/14   filed under: education, green kids, health & body, parenting

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The stats are pretty staggering: as many as 11% of school-aged children in the country have been diagnosed with ADHD since 2011. 10,000 toddlers have also been diagnosed with and medicated for the same “disorder.” And while the situation is obviously complicated and multifactorial, is one big reason for this explosion of ADHD and other behavioral issues the fact that kids are simply expected to sit still for too long and not given enough opportunities to move? According to a recent article in The Washington Post, the kids themselves may not be the “problem:” their behavior is perhaps an indicator that the pendulum has swung way too far in our school systems and in our society towards sitting… and sitting … and sitting some more. In research gathered for a 2010 Robert Woods Johnson/Gallup poll on recess, they found that “up to 40 percent of U.S. school districts have reduced or eliminated recess in order to free up more time for core academics, and one in four elementary schools no longer provides recess to all grades.” With reduced recess or no recess, kids have little time to decompress, exercise their bodies in addition to their minds, and focus their energies on non-academic pursuits.

Adults in the workforce commonly find that getting up for a few minutes (such as for a water or tea break), taking a short walk to get some fresh air, or even chatting to a coworker can help them shake off fatigue or refocus on their work, yet young kids are routinely expected to sit up and listen up even as their little bodies beg for physical activity.

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Thirteen Year-Old Sicily Kolbeck's Self-Built Tiny Home is Complete!

Thirteen Year-Old Sicily Kolbeck's Self-Built Tiny Home is Complete!

Thirteen year-old Sicily Kolbeck can now proudly state that she is the owner and chief architect of her own tiny home. Inhabitots was thrilled to find the Marietta, Georgia student…

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16 Essential Vegan Foods to Stock Up on to Switch Your Family to a Plant-Based Diet

16 Essential Vegan Foods to Stock Up on to Switch Your Family to a Plant-Based Diet

TweetEmail 1. Noodles, rice, and or quinoa Noodles are a kid-friendly food no-brainer. Many noodles are vegan (although check for eggs), and there are so many varieties you can…

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An Ozone Garden Tells You About the Air Quality Around Your Home

An Ozone Garden Tells You About the Air Quality Around Your Home

What if you could simply look at the leaves on the plants in your garden to find out about the air quality in your neighborhood? Theoretically you can, if you plant a National Center…

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The ARC Flatpack Dollhouse is Designed in Mid-Century Modern Style

The ARC Flatpack Dollhouse is Designed in Mid-Century Modern Style

TweetEmailDesign This dollhouse is 3/4 or 1:16 (1″ dollhouse = 16″ full sized house) and designed so that it looks great from every angle. The house has one large…

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14 Delightful Hobbit Hole Homes That Will Become Your Child's Favorite Tiny Hideout

14 Delightful Hobbit Hole Homes That Will Become Your Child's Favorite Tiny Hideout

TweetEmail Wooden Wonders’ Hobbit Holes come in three styles – the Big Merry, the Little Merry, and the Woodshire. The Little Merry is perfect for a child’s…

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Study Finds Babies Born to Healthy Mothers are Extremely Similar in Size Worldwide

Study Finds Babies Born to Healthy Mothers are Extremely Similar in Size Worldwide

In the past, researchers have suggested that ‘race’ and ‘ethnicity’ are the two factors most largely responsible for the vast differences in the size of…

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13 Amazing Sand Sculptures That Will Inspire Kids to Get Building at the Beach

13 Amazing Sand Sculptures That Will Inspire Kids to Get Building at the Beach

TweetEmail 1. The Classic Castle This image, from the 2011 National Sand Sculpture Festival at Revere Beach, Massachusetts, is straight out of a fairy tale. Crisp, white sand…

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7 Green Crafts that are Perfect for Playdates

7 Green Crafts that are Perfect for Playdates

TweetEmail #1: Recycled Milk Jug Catch If your family is like mine, you have some type of milk or juice jug in your recycling bin right now. While there are tons of great milk…

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Babywearing Ballet Class Lets Moms Dance Their Way to Fitness with Baby on Board

Babywearing Ballet Class Lets Moms Dance Their Way to Fitness with Baby on Board

Ready to relax, spend time out of the house, and maybe even lose some baby weight? Yes? Well, if you live in Tustin, California, then Babywearing Ballet might be just what you need.…

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8 Ways for Toddlers to Venture Outdoors, Even on Warm Summer Days

8 Ways for Toddlers to Venture Outdoors, Even on Warm Summer Days

TweetEmailphoto by William Prost 1. Find a splash pad. I don’t know if this is an Atlanta thing or an everywhere thing, but there are splash pads popping up all over…

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